Hulda Claunch Baker, longtime Orange resident, went to be with her Lord on Sept. 18, only seven days beyond her 89th birthday, following a lengthy illness. Memorial services at McDonald Baptist Memorial Church are at 1p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home, with the Rev. Joe Orr officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation in the adjacent Lyles Hall immediately after the service is concluded.

She was born Sept. 11, 1920 at McHenry, Miss. to Hulon and Alma Bond Claunch . In recent years Hulda had moved to Sugar Land and later to Richmond, to live with her family.
Many Orangeites remember Mrs. Baker as a result of her long service with J. Weingarten. She was a longtime member of McDonald Memorial Baptist Church. Family was Mrs. Baker’s passion, followed closely by friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John D. Baker; parents; brother, Terrell Claunch of Beaumont; and sisters, Katy LaFare (Bobbie) Claunch and Maebelle (Bea) Crouch, both of West Columbia, Texas.

Survivors are her son, John Baker and wife, Felesa of Richmond; granddaughter, Lesa Junek and husband Jeff also of Richmond; and their children Kelsey, Emme, Josef, Jonny, and Lydia. Also surviving are stepsons, whom she loved and reared as her own, Dwaine Baker and wife, Cozene of Kountze and their children Steve, Paul, David, John William, and Amy Ricks, their spouses and children; also Jim Baker and wife ,Margie of Bay Cliff and their children Karen Gustafson, Kristi Butcher, and Kathy Biggs, their husbands and children. Her surviving brother is Rankin Claunch of Baytown.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial gifts to McDonald Memorial Baptist Church or the charity of the grantors choice.

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